Places Visited: Cochin, Munnar, Periyar National Park, Kumarakom
Since the time of ancient Greece, Europeans have been seduced by the fecundity, vibrancy and cultural sophistication of India’s far southwest. Black pepper was the reason foreigners originally came here. Now it’s Kerala’s dreamy beaches, serene backwater lagoons, forested mountains and abundant wildlife that are the prime incentive. Looping inland from the coast, this 10-day tour takes you around the pick of the region’s landscapes and cultural attractions, with stays in the old colonial quarter of Fort Cochin, a luxury resort in the backwaters and a hideaway in the Cardamom Hills among the standout experiences.